Louise Prentice

Louise Prentice – Designer

Professional Illustrator - hand-drawn, textured, emotive and that's just me! Genres: kid's books, nature/animal, inspirational and adventure

Overview

Hi, I'm Louise, a professional illustrator based in Brighton. I'm passionate about what I do - if you cut me in half like a stick of rock, it would read 'visual storyteller'. People say my artwork is whimsical, inspiring, thought-provoking, colourful, dark, textured, and 'did you draw that?' My artwork portfolio isn't one style - I'm too curious about materials, mostly playing on the textured and detailed side. My work gears towards children; however, I'm fascinated by books, so your words will fascinate me.

I've created: character designs, covers (illustration and design), interior illustrations (single and multiple), chapter heads, spot illustrations, and vignettes.

I LOVE getting into the writer's head and their world. The challenge gives me goosebumps - hopefully, matching your own. If unsure of what you need, I'll work intuitively through questions/conversations and start from there. I will work with you to find the best outcome for your project/baby/tome/manuscript.

Budget: we can discuss the project, but extensive and in-depth imagery will cost more because of the time spent. However, you'll receive high-quality artwork no matter your budget, size, detail, or colour (or B&W).

I believe my work speaks for itself - if you need more convincing, see the testimonials below.

I'm looking forward to creating your imagery for you!

Side note: I have design and typesetting experience - book publishing and desktop publishing.

TESTIMONIALS:

Poem - The Human Emergency: Louise is an incredible illustrator who perfectly followed my brief and added extra dimensions of emotional depth to the poem she illustrated. She is easy to work with and finishes the job with minor distractions. Highly recommended. Liv Torc

Book - Can You Keep a Secret?: The quality of illustrations is a testament to Louise's creative abilities. Her empathetic contribution throughout the process was invaluable. Interpreting the brief, she brought a depth of understanding of the characters/situations and which events and plot development points would be best to visualise. She dramatised pivotal moments and breathed life into the characters through her sensitivity and attention to detail, making the development both an exciting and pleasurable experience. Tim

Book - Mimi the Mermaid and Friends at Christmas: Louise was a delight to work alongside. She has brought alive my simple childish verse with the most charming pictures. I am lucky that I came across her in my search for an illustrator and that she will do a similar job for book 2 in the series! Katy


Services
Non-Fiction
Inspirational Nature Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Middle Grade Picture Books Poetry Short Story
Awards
  • Egmont Publishers - Best New Talent
  • Macmillan Publishers - Highly commended
Certifications
  • M.A. Children's Book Illustration
  • B.A. Graphic Design and Illustration
  • PGCE Secondary Art Education

Work experience

Self-employed

Apr, 1998 — Present

The title on my business card says 'Creative Doodah', befitting because I've worked in various sectors of the arts and I couldn't find a more apt word to describe me.

Here's some of the work I do/havedone:

Professional Arts Practitioner - Book Illustration, Illustration, Fine Art

David and Charles Publishers - Book designer

Devon Life Magazine - Homes and Gardens - Creative/Designer

E.I.G - Sinclair Henderson - Senior Publishing Supervisor and Designer

Working alongside​ teachers in writing and illustrating books

Portfolio

Mimi the Mermaid and Friends at Christmas is a beautifully illustrated Christmas themed children's bedtime storybook.This picture book, written in rhyming verse is intended to be the perfect parent to child read-aloud book. It is aimed at pre-school 3 to 5 yea... read more
Set in a rural town in South West France from 1940 to 1944, Can You Keep a Secret? examines the effect of the German occupation on the community, as seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old child. Living with a teenage brother and parents who own a café in the... read more

Louise has 4 reviews

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Jennifer S.

Jennifer S.

Mar, 2022

So pleased with the final result of my front cover. Louise was clear and communicative throughout the process. I felt able to discuss my needs and ideas at all times, and felt sure that she understood what I was trying to say. Her artwork is brilliant! Thank you so much.
Louise P.
Thank you Jennifer. I had such a great time creating the cover for your fab story. Working with you has been easy and fun. Good luck with the next stage.
Janet L.

Janet L.

Jan, 2022

Louise created a magical cover for my book, filled with an old fashioned beauty that is hard to create! She even took the time to read my book to get a feel for what I was hoping to achieve, and she then delivered in barrel loads! Louise is a gorgeous human as well as an amazing artist and I would totally recommend her to anyone who was looking for a beautiful fantasy creation by her hand. T...
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Günter W.

Günter W.

Dec, 2021

Louise has been an absolute joy to work with. She fully embraced the spirit of our unique project, delivered a wonderful design, and communicated clearly and promptly at every step along the way. I couldn't behappier about the experience I've had working with Louise, and the outcome. Thank you, Louise!
Jenni C.

Jenni C.

May, 2020

Louise was a pleasure to work with, she had great ideas, understood what I wanted and she worked hard to make changes when I asked and produced a beautiful illustration. I would work with her again. Thank you. Jenni Clarke
Louise P.
Thank you, Jenni. It was a brilliant experience. I loved creating the image for you.

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